Why I believe the Blasphemy Challenge is a bad idea
According to Matthew 12:31, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin. Therefore, the Rational Response Squad along with Brian Flemming are encouraging people (primarily teenagers) to deny the existence of the Holy Spirit on video thereby, according to their interpretation of the scripture, committing the unforgivable sin. The point is to show that they do not believe in God or in damnation. These videos are then uploaded to YouTube.
Whether we agree with it or not, religious indoctrination is very powerful to those who are subject to it. When I was a Christian minister, I cannot begin to tell you how many people I counseled who felt that they had committed the unforgivable sin and were tormented by this belief.
The path to atheism out of religion is not necessarily an easy path. There are those who sit on the edge of religion for years before taking the step towards atheism. There are those you step in and out for some time before their atheism sticks. This journey, for many, is one step at a time. Sometime those steps are simple baby steps.
For a young teen, for example, who is into making videos for YouTube, they may not be ready to seal their atheism with The Blaspheme Challenge. In the years to come, they could spend many a sleepless night tormented with the belief they are going to spend an eternity in the fires and torture of hell because of this act.
If they actually have come to the solid belief that there is no hell, then it would be ok. However, how many of these kids are actually to this point?
We speak out against Christians attempting to force their beliefs on others. In the same way, I do not believe that atheists hould attempt to force their beliefs on Christians. Atheism is not about making an emotional commitment. It’s not about responding to an altar call. It’s not about giving in to peer pressure. It’s about making an intelligent, logical decision to forsake beliefs that cannot be scientifically or otherwise proven. This decision takes time.
I say – say no to the blasphemy challenge.
- The de-Convert